Faculty News

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Collective Action Toolkit
frog design, 2012
Digital, free

David Sherwin (Interaction Design faculty) is a principal designer at frog design. He and Erin Sanders (also Interaction Design faculty) are the primary creators of frog’s new Collective Action Toolkit (CAT), a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.

Read more about the CAT on frog's design mind blog.

Read an interview with David Sherwin in FastCoDesign about how the CAT came about.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Dutch Bike
NAI Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 160 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this book, the third in a Premsela/Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion book series highlighting Dutch culture. The Dutch Bike recounts the trajectory of the earliest bikes that emerged from England and France and became a ubiquitous part of the Dutch landscape. They were used by young and old, and the familiar triangulated steel frame omafiets or “granny” bike shown on the book’s cover became known as the Dutch bike. The book examines the historic and social conditions that made the Dutch bike popular around the globe and how it has evolved since its advent a little more than a century ago into one of the hippest symbols of eco-living in cities everywhere.

Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

100 Best Bikes
Laurence King Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $19.95

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) authored this collection of the best and most popular bikes to be found anywhere right now, for every kind of cyclist, whether you are a BMXtreme or mountain bike enthusiast, a keen tourer or racer, a city commuter or courier, or simply fascinated with the constantly advancing mechanics and engineering of folding and other innovative bike designs. Sardar is a design critic who has written about industrial design and architecture for two decades in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as design editor. He also writes for Dwell magazine and other international design publications.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Take Me to Your BBQ
Disney-Hyperion, 2012
Hardcover, 40 pages, $16.99

Aliens have landed on Willy’s farm, and they’re not leaving without a square dance and a square meal! So fire up that grill, lay on the barbeque sauce, and snatch up that fiddle. Told in verse, this rollicking story puts a twist on the typical encounter with the third kind. Adam McCauley’s (Illustration faculty) out-of-this-world illustrations match Kathy Duval's hoedown rhymes like ribs and taters! Get ready for some extraterrestrial, lip-smacking fun.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Zygote Quarterly
Issuu, 2012
Digital, free

Thomas McKeag (Industrial Design faculty) cofounded the digital magazine Zygote Quarterly earlier this year. The magazine is devoted to the nexus of science and design, where they meet in biologically inspired problem solving. It focuses on the informed professional and presents material that is at a level between the peer-reviewed journal and the popular press. In 2012 it was nominated by the Digital Magazine Awards in two categories, Launch of the Year and Science and Nature, competing against magazines such as Scientific American and New Scientist.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

The Walls of Hope project in progress in Monthey, Switzerland

Claudia Bernardi (today a professor in CCA's Community Arts Program, but who also teaches in a wide range of disciplines, including Diversity Studies, Fine Arts, and Visual and Critical Studies programs) was a student at the university of art in Buenos Aires in 1976, the year the military dictatorship took power in Argentina.

"Those were very dark years -- very tragic, painful, and violent. The ones who survived learned to look at life, history, and art quite differently."

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Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

Since 1868, the University of California's motto has been "Let there be light." Now the university's new logo is bringing plenty of heat.
Critics have compared the recently unveiled logo - a yellow, half-realized "C" inside a stylized blue "U" - to a napkin doodle, a bidet or a banana label. One online commenter said it "looks like it's still loading."

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Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012 by Susannah Magers

Pae White, muhf-uhl, 2012

Susannah Magers (MA Curatorial Practice 2011) spent five months in 2012 on site as the visitor engagement manager at the exhibition International Orange, a FOR-SITE Foundation project located in Fort Point, near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

It is the latest and most ambitious project yet produced by the foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to the production of art about place.

What It's Like to be at International Orange

When I tell people I work in a fort underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, their reaction usually registers surprise, followed by confusion ("Wait . . . where?"). The date is October 25, 2012, and I have spent the past five months, five days a week, on site as the visitor engagement manager at the exhibition International Orange.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

A character concept for Fergus from the Pixar film Brave, by Steve Purcell

Steve Purcell (Interdisciplinary Fine Arts 1982) is a cartoonist, animator, director, game designer, and Eisner Award recipient. He works at Pixar, and was a writer and codirector of the 2012 feature film Brave.

While at CCA he contributed comic strips to the college newspaper, Spectrum, and these were the first public appearances of his characters known as Sam & Max Freelance Police, a duo of anthropomorphic animal vigilantes and private investigators who have subsequently enjoyed great success in comic, TV show, and game formats.

One of Purcell's friends and fellow students at CCA was Mike Mignola (Illustration 1982), who went on to become the creator of Hellboy. They both studied under Vince Perez and Gary Ruddell. After graduation Purcell freelanced for Marvel Comics and spent some years at LucasArts and Industrial Light & Magic before landing his current job at Pixar.

Purcell shared some insights about his career in the latest issue of CCA's Glance magazine:

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Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

Interior Design today announced its 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame, which include Alexandra Champalimaud, Patrick Jouin, Jim Olson and Tom Kundig, and Michael Vanderbyl.
“I’m tremendously excited by this year’s stellar lineup,” said Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design, which will formally induct the group during the 28th annual Hall of Fame event on November 28th at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. “This group designs the full spectrum and, most importantly, positively impacts lives all over the world.”

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